West Roanoke River Greenway, Phase 1
The West Roanoke River Greenway, Phase 1 (VDOT UPC 97171) is an approximate 0.60-mile section of greenway proposed south of the Roanoke River between West Riverside Drive in Roanoke County and Kingsmill Drive in the City of Salem. The project consists of a 10’ wide paved greenway, Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) retaining walls, a paved 26-space parking lot, a crosswalk across West Riverside Drive, and associated appurtenances including signs, fencing, and drainage improvements.
The project is a joint project with the City of Salem that is being locally administered by Roanoke County with oversight from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). This project is financed by $12,571,742 in federal and state funds from the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), Open Container, Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP), and Smart Scale Program. The design engineer for the project is Hurt & Proffitt, Inc. with subconsultants including Mattern & Craig who designed the retaining walls.
Phase 1 was advertised for construction in August 2023, and bids were received in September 2023. Roanoke County has issued a Notice to Proceed to the low bidder, Burleigh Construction Company, Inc. Contractor mobilization and tree clearing activities are anticipated to begin in mid-November 2023. Construction is anticipated to be complete by March 2025.
The original project scope for the West Roanoke River Greenway extended approximately 1.8 miles between Green Hill Park and Riverside Park; however, due to right-of-way acquisition challenges, design requirements changes, and funding constraints, the project has been split into multiple phases.
Phase 2 of the project is an 0.8-mile section of greenway proposed with two bridges across the Roanoke River and a separated grade crossing underneath Diuguids Lane. It proposes connectivity between Green Hill Park in Roanoke County and the proposed trailhead parking lot on West Riverside Drive.
Roanoke County and the City of Salem continue efforts to acquire the right-of-way needed to complete the entire project. The Roanoke River Greenway is identified as a regional priority in the 2018 Roanoke Valley Greenway Plan.